The Onward Book Club offers a year of monthly book club discussions for individuals and groups, facilitated by Bright Morning Senior Associate, Lori Cohen and monthly special guests. 

Based on the 12-month curriculum in the book Onward and The Onward Workbook, the book club will provide strategies and practices to help you deepen your resilience. 

With practical, informative, inspirational and relevant activities and guidance, Onward is grounded in science, social science, and psychology, and peppered with Elena’s personal narratives, this book will undoubtedly change the way we think about emotions, stress, and our purpose as educators. 

The book focuses on the 12 habits that cultivate resilience, and their correlating dispositions, and provides a roadmap for how to feel more effective, more fulfilled, and happier at work. 

Who Should Attend: 

Anyone seeking to deepen their resilience, groups that are interested in using Onward as a text in their school or community, or anyone familiar with Onward who wants to go deeper into the text. 

Duration and Schedule: 

  • Program starts June 24, 2020
  • Discussions are held at 3:00pm Eastern Time (12:00pm Pacific Time) 
  • Dates for Discussions:
    • June 24
    • July 15
    • August 19
    • September 16
    • October 14
    • November 18
    • December 16
    • January 20
    • February 17
    • March 17
    • April 14
    • May 19

What's Included: 

  • Monthly virtual live Zoom meetings 
  • Discussion board to connect with other participants between sessions 

Required Materials: 

Your own copy of Onward and the Onward Workbook


Participants may join the book club at any time as each month's discussion will be recorded and access made available until July 30, 2021

"Such a breath of fresh air and a reawakening within yourself of knowing who you are so you can help others." - Joni

About the instructor

Developer of People and Programs Lori Cohen

Lori Cohen has worked in both public and independent schools since 1999, serving as classroom teacher, instructional coach, administrator and workshop facilitator. She holds a BA in English, a California Teaching Credential in English, and an MA in Education—all from the University of California at Davis. Lori actively works towards equity and social justice in education, aspiring to offer access and pathways for all school stakeholders to thrive. She believes relationships are essential in moving us towards a more just and equitable world. In her role as the Developer of People and Programs with Bright Morning Consulting, Lori loves designing practical and portable learning experiences, and she facilitates her sessions with a healthy infusion of humor and heart. Lori also is co-author of The PD Book: 7 Habits That Transform Professional Development (2022), where she and Elena Aguilar share the most essential strategies for designing and leading equitable professional development. When she is not presenting or writing, Lori spends her time running through the gorgeous evergreen landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and enjoying a vast array of coffee options throughout Portland, OR, where she currently lives.